Energy Saving Tips to Lower Your Energy Costs This Fall
Did you know you can save on your energy costs by being outside? Here are fall activities to save you from paying high energy bills.
Pick Pumpkins or Apples
Open curtains or blinds for the day, and spend quality time with your family or friends in a pumpkin patch or other fall activities like apple picking or a corn maze! This will allow outside heat to come into your home and provide warmth. When you’re back at night, close your curtains or blinds again to keep the indoor heat from escaping.
Relax in Nature’s Medicine
Did you know that the largest expense in the average U.S. home is central heating and air, which accounts for about 44% of annual energy bills. Go camping, rent a cabin in the mountains or hike for the weekend to immerse yourself in nature's medicine, and enjoy the crisp air.
Bike or Walk through Fall Foliage
Wear comfortable clothing while biking or walking outdoors, and continue wearing layers while you’re inside. Simply lowering your heat 7 to 10 degrees could save you 10% of your energy costs each year, or about 1 percent for each degree you turn back the thermostat.
Around the House
Buy a Humidifier
Air in your home can be dry during cooler months, so it could be a wise investment to get a humidifer for your home. The reason being is humid air feels warmer, and it has the ability to hold heat longer. Therefore, if you keep the air in your home more humid, the more you don't have to rely on your heating system.
Do Some Fall Cleaning
You don't have to wait until spring to start cleaning up around the house - why not start now? There are two appliances you would have to keep an eye out for: the dryer and refrigerator. Clean out the lint filter from your dryer and coils from your refrigerator's compressor. The more dust and debris, your appliances have, the more energy it has to use to work properly. By keeping dust and debris away from these parts of your appliances, your dryer and refrigerator can run properly without wasting energy.
Get an HVAC Tune Up
Just like your car, your heater needs to be serviced and tuned up every fall. By having an annual tune up, you can increase the efficiency of your HVAC system as well as potentially increasing the length of your furnace's lifespan. A small investment can pay for itself by reducing repairs or replacing your whole HVAC system prematurely. Contact Synergy Companies for an a fall furnace tune up.